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Time to Hire Painters? 3 Steps to Make the Process Go Smoother

by Howard Barnett

If your home is in need of a fresh coat of paint, it's time to call the professionals. This is particularly true if you'll be having your entire home painted. While painting one or two rooms is easy to tackle as a do-it-yourselfer, the whole house will require a lot more work and preparation. If you've never hired a painter before, you'll want to familiarize yourself with a few steps that will make the process go smoother.

Get the Contract in Writing

When hiring your painters, make sure you get the contract in writing. A written contract will benefit both you and your paint crew. First, it will ensure that you know what services you'll be receiving and how much you'll be paying. Second, it will ensure that the paint crew knows exactly what services you're requesting and what you expect from them. Be sure to get an estimate of how much time they anticipate the job will take. Having a time estimate in writing will help take the guesswork out of the completion time.

Do the Prep Work

While your paint crew will do all the painting for you, there are still some things you can do that will reduce the amount of time they need to spend doing the prep work. You can actually do quite a bit of the prep work before the painting crew even arrives:

Remove the Outlet Covers

If your painters have to take time to remove outlet covers, it's going to take a chunk out of their time estimation. Before the painters arrive, remove all the outlet covers and switch plates from the walls. This will allow your painters to get started quicker.

Pack Your Knickknacks Up

The painters are going to cover your furniture with drop cloths. However, it can be difficult for them to cover and work around all your knickknacks. Removing your knickknacks before the painters arrive will reduce the chances of breakage.

Clear the Counters

If your painters are going to be working in the kitchen or bathrooms, they'll need to get to the back walls. That can be difficult if the counters are filled with appliances, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Take the time to remove everything from the counters before the painters arrive.

Ask for a Post-Painting Inspection

Once the painters have completed their work, ask for a post-painting inspection before they leave. This will allow you to locate any areas that might need a retouch while the painters are still there. This will also allow the painters the opportunity to have you sign off on the project.

Use the simple suggestions provided above to help the house-painting process go as smoothly as possible. Contact a representative from a company like J Maintenance Co to set up an appointment.